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We're happy to announce that we've just released a small update which enables support for the Steam Controller in KSP.
This isn't a new version of KSP. It's a steam-only plugin (like a mod) that is included with the Steam version of the game. It interfaces with the Steamworks API and talks to the Steam Controller to make it context-aware in KSP.
That means KSP now supports five control modes for Steam Controller bindings: Menu, Flight, Docking, Editor and Map controls. Those modes will change automatically as you play. (Look for an on-screen message on the lower-right to see when modes are changing)
Each mode is set up to make the most of the controller in each area of the game. For instance, in flight, the triggers control throttle (incrementally on a soft pull, max throttle/cutoff on a full pull). In other modes, they are used to select things.
All modes share a common set of bindings, which means you shouldn't have to learn 5 completely different control sets. On all modes, the right pad controls the mouse (and camera), and the left pad is a scrollwheel.
The pads also have extra functions on them that change depending on context. In flight, docking and map modes, LeftGrip (which is always bound as a shifter key in all modes) enables Touch Menus on each pad, exposing controls for action groups, quicksaving/loading, as well as changing between Docking and Flight controls in the flight UI.
In the Editors, you'll find other actions 'behind' the trackpads too. Here, you just need to click them to get to buttons to change editor tools (Place, Offset, Rotate and Root in the left pad) and tweak other advanced editor settings as well (Symmetry Mode and Reference Frame on the right pad)
In all modes (except menu ofc) you can double tap the right pad to lock the camera into mouselook mode (a feature just added in 1.0.5). This will lock the mouse to move the camera instead of the cursor, just as was possible before in internal view. To leave mouselook mode, just tap the right pad again, or double-tap the left or middle mouse buttons, or Esc if you want to be extra dramatic.
There are a lot more little features to find in the new official KSP Controller Bindings, and I invite you to dive in and explore the many options and sub-options there.
We've been testing this profile extensively, and so far, I haven't come across any situation in the game that wasn't doable through the controller. In fact, this is quickly growing into my favorite method of playing KSP. Honestly.
Lastly, if you ever forget which mode you are in, you can simply Pause and unpause the game. The current mode will pop up on screen.
That's all there is to it for now. Have fun playing KSP with your new Steam Controller!
It has been a while, longer than we anticipated in any case, but we're now here with a new update for Kerbal Space Program: version 1.0.5!
This update features content, bugfixes and rebalances that were part of the upcoming monster update 1.1, which will feature such things as multithreaded physics calculations and 64 bit support for Windows and OSX. That update is taking longer than anticipated, and we came to a point where a lot of content was ready to go through testing and be released on its own merits. With these parts ready we wanted to get them to you as fast as possible, and I think we have succeeded in a speedy delivery of this patch.
Here are some of the highlights in this patch:
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